Hi incognito167 and welcome to geekstogo
My question is this - i'm about to get broadband internet and I'm looking into Virus checkers and firewalls. I asked my computer geek friend and he said that the firewall included in XP SP2 was adequate and to download an antivirus checker from either (http://www.free-av.com/) or (http://free.grisoft....eweb.php/doc/1/).
I would advise you to update to service pack 2. You can use the tools provided with SP2, but if you choose an alternative make sure you disable these first. I'd recommend grisoft avg if you want a free one.
I was going to buy McAfee Virus scan and firewall, but if i can use freeware stuff and still be protected then I don't want to waste money.
I would prefer the ones you pay for myself as i think they do a better job.
My other friend said that when he installed XP SP2, it messed his computer up and suggested that i shouldn't use it.
There are some issues with SP2 and resources. Doubt you should have to worry about this. The point of SP2 is to patch up security leaks. What setup do you have?
I'm confused and need your help. I want security for my computer and internet, but i don't want it mess my system up nor dso i want it preventing me from downloading stuff nor take up too many resources causing slowing of performance.
What do you use at the moment?
Here are some good programs:Ad-aware
. Using Ad-aware:
Open Ad-Aware and use the Check for updates now
link. Download and accept the latest reference file. When finished click the Start
button. When done scanning, the Abort button will change to Next. Click the Next
button. Right-click in the Scanning Results window and click "Select all objects
". Then click the "Next
" button and confirm that you want to delete the selected entries.Spybot Search & Destroy
Download and install. Start Spybot S&D using the "Spybot-S&D (easy mode)" link from your Start menu . Click the Search for updates
button, if any are found then click the Download Updates
button. After all updates are downloaded, click the Check for problems
button. When the scan is complete, place a check next to anything marked in red
, then click the Fix selected problems
button. You may need to run Spybot S&D multiple times to remove all infections.
When finished, Reboot
your computer. Finally, reply to this post with a new HiJackThis log
so we can look for any nasties that may have been missed.
HERE to download CWShredder[/URL] CLICK HERE to download Spybot S&D
How do you prevent spyware from being installedH? We strongly recommend installing SpywareBlaster
(it's free for personal use) Click Here
Prevent the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted pests.
Block spyware/tracking cookies in Internet Explorer and Mozilla/Firefox.
Restrict the actions of potentially dangerous sites in Internet Explorer.
Consumes no system resources.
Download, run, check for updates, download updates, select all, protect against checked. All done. Check for updates every couple of weeks. If you have any errors running the program like a missing file see the link at the bottom of the javacool page.
It's also very important to keep your system up to date to avoid unnecessary security risks. Click Here
to make sure that you have the latest patches for Windows.
These next two steps are optional, but will provide the greatest protection.
1. Use ANY browser besides Internet Explorer, almost every exploit is crafted to take advantage of an IE weakness. We usually recommend FireFox
2. Install Sun's Java
. It's much more secure than Microsoft's Java Virtual Machine .
After doing all these, your system, used properly will be thoroughly protected from future threats.